• Bushfire royal commission warns of ‘alarming disaster outlook’

    Robert Glasser     |      November 6, 2020

    The Royal Commission on last summer’s bushfires has warned of the danger of future events, but makes no mention of the need to tackle climate change.

  • Turning crisis into opportunity

    Robert Glasser     |      July 25, 2020

    Australia has a unique opportunity in the wake of the unprecedented disruption caused by the Black Summer and Covid-19 crises to boost national disaster resilience.

  • It’s time for bipartisan action on climate change

    Robert Glasser     |      December 19, 2019

    It’s time to begin building a bipartisan Australian response to climate change. The stakes are too high to continue the divisive politics on this fundamental threat to our national wellbeing.

  • A difference of degrees: the looming climate catastrophe

    Robert Glasser     |      November 18, 2019

    It is becoming increasingly clear that we have greatly underestimated the impacts of climate change and Australia and other nations must rapidly scale up their commitments under the Paris agreement to make a difference while we still can.

  • Preparing for the era of disasters

    Robert Glasser     |      March 10, 2019

    An emerging era of disasters will increasingly stretch emergency services, diminish community resilience and escalate economic costs and losses of life. It will also have profound implications for food security in our immediate region, with cascading impacts that will undermine Australia’s national security.

  • Climate change dominates the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report

    Robert Glasser     |      January 25, 2019

    The World Economic Forum has released its Global Risks Report 2019 to coincide with its annual meeting taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland and, for the third year in a row, climate change and climate change–related risks dominate the document.

  • The cascading impacts of climate change

    Robert Glasser     |      August 2, 2018

    Earlier this month, the World Bank released a major study warning that more than 800 million people reside in areas that by 2050 will become dangerous climate hotspots. As bad as this seems, reports of this kind fail to take full account of the cascading impacts of a warming planet.